Samsung recently released the 5.3-inch version of its Galaxy Note “phablet,” which is a device that’s larger than a phone but smaller than a tablet and has features of each. For example, the Note has buttons below the screen as the Tab 7.0 does, because the Note runs Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, which operates much as Froyo does. The Note comes with a stylus called an S Pen so you can manipulate screen elements, write handwritten notes, and draw on apps created for use with the Note. Samsung is also developing a 10.1-inch version of the Note that will be released in the second half of 2012, and the 10.1-inch Note will cost more than the Tab 10.1.
Galaxy Tab 2
Just when you thought that there weren’t any more models Samsung could come up with, it recently announced the Tab 2 in both 7-inch and 10.1-inch versions. Both Tab 2 models will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor running Android 4, or Ice Cream Sandwich, which is Google’s latest version. Late last year, Samsung said that all Galaxy Tab models running Honeycombin other words, all Tab models except for the original Tab 7.0would receive upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now it’s reasonable to wonder if Samsung will cancel upgrades for users of the Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 10.1, and require them to buy a Tab 2 if they want Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung released the Tab 2 models in the United Kingdom in March, but as of this writing there was no word on a release date in the U.K. or which carriers will offer the Tab 2. There will be Wi-Fi versions of both Tab 2 models, and both models will have many of the same features as the older Tabs such as front and rear cameras. What’s more, the 7.0-inch Tab 2 will be available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB versions, and the 10.1-inch Tab 2 will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions.
Learn More About the Tab and Note from the Source
Choosing from all these models can be confusing, but you can’t say that Samsung doesn’t have an offering for nearly every potential tablet user. You can learn more about the Galaxy Tab and Note family and get updated information by visiting Samsung’s website. I hope this article helped clear up any confusion and steered you toward the Tab model that’s right for you.
Eric Butow is the owner of Butow Communications Group (BCG) in Jackson, California. BCG offers Web development, online marketing, technical documentation, and computer-based training to small and medium sized businesses. He has written 17 books, with one translated into Chinese and another being revised for a second edition. Eric has also developed and taught networking and usability courses for Ed2Go and California State University, Sacramento.
When he’s not working in (and on) his business or writing books, you can find Eric enjoying time with friends, walking around the historic Gold Rush town of Jackson, and helping his parents manage their infant and toddler daycare business.